Search Help Center
The newspapers are now in our new Browse section. Select the Browse link found just under our standard search and select the Newspapers and Magazines link.
Unfortunately we are currently experiencing a bug with our Web Reader extension on Google Chromebooks that is making our books read with a German or French Text to Speech voice. We have determined that the bug is an issue with the Chromebook’s operating system itself. ... more
The Individual Proof of Disability form can be downloaded directly from your account. Log into Bookshare, select the My Account link and select the Proof of Disability link in the left side of the page. On this page you will find our methods for submitting Proof of... more
Bookshare Individual Memberships can now agree to the Bookshare Terms and Conditions online, and access the Proof of Disability form directly from their account. Bookshare Organizational Membership and other forms can now be found within our Legal section at /legal/... more
This issue has been resolved, please update to the latest version of Read2Go, version 1.1.0.
Get Help from the Experts -- Our Volunteers!Join the Bookshare Volunteer Discussion List to connect by email with other Bookshare volunteers. Ask questions and share suggestions related to book scanning, proofreading, and accessibility.Subscribe: Send a blank email... more
Please note that there are no plans or funding to update Read:OutLoud Bookshare Edition at this time; please consider using Don Johnston's Snap&Read Universal tool in conjunction with Bookshare Web Reader, or look at the Reading Tools for Computers page for other... more
Eligibility for Bookshare is defined by copyright law, not education law. However, below are examples of how we might describe Bookshare’s eligibility criteria in terms more familiar to those who work in education.If a student finds it difficult to process or... more
A person who is temporarily disabled when it comes to reading print may utilize Bookshare services during the period of significant print disability. However, once an individual has regained the ability to read normally, he or she no longer qualifies for access to... more
To qualify for Bookshare, people with these conditions, as well as people whose first language is not English, must have an accompanying qualifying condition that significantly interferes with their ability to read or process printed text. For example, a person who is... more
The 95% of the population who can pick up a book and read it (or could if they learned to read) do not qualify for Bookshare. The copyright exception exists to help the small number of people whose conditions have a major impact on their ability to read. Other people... more
Bookshare operates under an amendment to Copyright law. The full technical and legal details are available on the Library of Congress’ Chafee Amendment page and the supporting regulations (Section B.2.i.). If you are certifying someone who has a physically-based... more
If you cannot pick up a book, turn pages, maintain visual focus on a book or do not have the physical stamina to work with printed material, you most likely qualify for Bookshare membership.
If you are legally blind, you qualify. In addition, if you don’t meet the legal blindness standard, a functional vision assessment that indicates a significant problem accessing text is also acceptable.